Consecrated life is special, unique too, says Archbishop


Valerian Okeke, a Catholic prelate and archbishop, has said the beauty of consecrated life is special and unique as it radiates splendour of the divinity.

Okeke said this during the Eucharistic Celebration marking the final profession of 11 reverence sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, IHMMC, at the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, Onitsha.

“A consecrated life transforms a lot of things. When Moses came down from the mountain, his face radiated God’s splendor.

“Blessed Iwene Tansi, when he was in Dunukofia, transformed the school that the entire standard six pupils wanted to become Rev. fathers as his life radiated beauty of the consecrated,’’ he said.

The prelate, who noted that goodness was attractive, said that ‘God is the highest Supreme Goodness’.

He enjoined the consecrated to follow Christ to live evangelical life.

Okeke urged the sisters to be steadfast in their consecration to Christ, his Church and humanity; admonishing them not to relent in living the life of faith and love.

He prayed God to grant them the grace to be committed to his service and help them to repent when they stray.

The consecrated sisters took the oath of allegiance to dedicate their entire lives to the service of God and humanity, with vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

Claude Ogu, superior general, accepted their vows by the authority entrusted to her in the name of the Church for the Community of IHMMC.

Mother Ogu prayed that they might fulfil their dedication, which was united with the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

She urged them to cling to their divine spouse, Christ until eternity.

The reverend sisters who did their last profession are Mary Rose Helen Igwedibie from Amawbia-Awka, Maureen Faustina Aniekwe (Ichi-Nnewi) and Maria Ebelechi Muodozie (Nri-Awka).

Others are Maria Chibuanurim Njaka (Ekwulumiri-Nnewi) and Ancilla Maria Uchefuna (Awkuzu-Onitsha).

– Sept. 4, 2018 @ 10:05 GMT |

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